'Justo met opposition figure, media tycoon'

Modified 16 Jul 2015, 10:45 am

Former PetroSaudi International employee Xavier Andre Justo had met with a member of the Malaysian opposition and a media tycoon before selling the company's information, according to Thai police.

This was confirmed by Royal Thai Police Commissioner of Officer of Information and Communication Technology Lt Gen Prawut Thavornsiri, according to New Straits Times.

Prawut was quoted as saying that the former PetroSaudi director admitted to meeting the opposition figure in a hotel in Singapore.

He added that Justo had also met a Malaysian media tycoon at the same location.

Cannot be named

However, Prawut declined to name the individuals as they cannot be named without an arrest warrant under Thai law.

“We have confiscated Justo’s personal computer and we have managed to find documents and information pertaining to their meeting at a hotel in Singapore.

“Most of this information was found from Justo’s email correspondence and WhatsApp chat records," he was quoted as saying.

Prawut added that hotel and immigration records also corresponded with the meetings in Singapore.

The PetroSaudi information sold by Justo had put 1MDB in a spot as it included e-mail correspondence between PetroSaudi and 1MDB.

The information in the emails was used as a basis by whistleblower website Sarawak Report to allege that 1MDB funds intended for a joint venture with PetroSaudi was siphoned to a company controlled by billionaire Jho Low, who is close to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's family.

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